This Day in History: Doris Miller, an “improbable American hero”

On this day in 1919, an “improbable American hero” is born. Doris “Dorie” Miller was the grandson of slaves and the son of poor Texas sharecroppers. His boyhood friends would remember him as a “real sweet person, not rowdy like the other boys.” He was a “nice fellow” whom they called “Power” because he was […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold’s middle-of-the-night escape from the British

On this day in 1776, Benedict Arnold fights the Battle of Valcour Island. He was still a good guy back then, fighting valiantly for the American cause! Indeed, before the day was through, he would lead his men on an amazing, middle-of-the-night escape from British General Guy Carleton. The British thought he was cornered. They […]

This Day in History: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871

On this day in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished. The fire had killed 300 people and destroyed nearly 3.5 square miles of the city. One in three residents would be left homeless. The tragedy would change Chicago forever. A legend grew that a woman by the name of Kate O’Leary had started […]

This Day in History: Americans win a critical victory at the Battle of Saratoga

On this day in 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga is fought. The American victory was the beginning of the end for British General John Burgoyne. Perhaps more importantly, we demonstrated to the world that we could hold our own, even against the powerful British army! We’d earn support from other nations as a result. […]